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The Video Vacuum

THE BEAST WITHIN (1982) ** ½

Bibi (Star Trek 2:  The Wrath of Khan) Besch is raped by a monster.  She gives birth to a normal son (Paul Clemens), but on his seventeenth birthday he slowly starts changing into the same monster.  The small town conspiracy, silly backstory and cicada subplot are stupid as hell and the capable supporting cast (including Ronny Cox, L.Q. Jones and Don Gordon) wrongly plays things with a straight face.  But in the end when Clemens turns into the cicada monster, a dozen tanks of nitrous oxide, a thousand Grouch punchlines and a vengeful Swedish dominatrix with a feather duster could not elicit as much laughter as seeing Clemens’ head blow up like a goddamn balloon.  That alone is worth at least **.  Director Phillipe Mora later perfected the art of bad transformation scenes with The Howling 2 and 3.  Screenwriter Tom Holland later directed Fright Night.

Tags: b, horror

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